Going Underground :: Apologies, I Have None

Finally back to good fucking punk rock.

The past month(ish) of Going Underground have been a variety of different genre’s from indie rock to piano pop. Thankfully, this week, I’m going back to roots and kicking it with some awesome punk stylings. This weeks Going Underground is all about Apologies, I Have None.


I think the first time I ever saw Apologies was at the Southsea fest (check out the video!), but I could have possibly watched them before. I drink a lot, and remember very little. All I know is the first time I saw the Southern four piece I was so invigorated by their hard hitting huge (Triple ‘H’) sound I had to take a trip to the men’s room to relieve myself.

The funny thing about this band is that the bands bassist, I’m pretty sure, is American, or sounds a fuck load like it. This, in contrast with three totally cockney accents and some silver tongue action, makes for some entertaining on-stage banter. Plus the American guy always wears a little bandanna which to me, is hilarious, sorry PJ.

Their sound has similarities to Against Me! in their early days, semi-distorted big open chords and shout a long vocal melodies. On record, the atmosphere of Apologies live show is not even close to lost. It’s just as upbeat and I’m sure anyone listening to this band on the bus, or “tube” as these lads most likely travel on, will look like a total twat when they smash their fist into the air with the meatiest grin brimming from ear to ear.

Apologies, I Have None are a band. I would recommend them. Even more so if you like music.

4/5 brews, though as the weeks go on, this rating system seems more and more pointless.


In a follow up article I’m going to put up all of the tour dates of the band’s upcoming tour with Crazy Arm. There are a few dates before that, and an abundance of songs, on their MySpace.

You can also “like” the band on Facebook, and buy their music on iTunes.

Going Underground :: Abi Thommes

It’s going to, once again, be something a little different from the usual punk rock antics of “Going Underground.” I am back, Barlow will never again commandeer the ship that is my “new and exciting music” slot, because he is a shit.

This week we have a special treat, singer/songwriter Abi Thommes.


I first met Miss Thommes outside Camden tube station in lovely London. She was busking with such intensity it was hard not to pay attention. Armed with only an acoustic guitar and her mellifluous vocals, she displayed more power than any stadium rock outfit I have ever heard. Quality, not quantity.

Her music is unfeigned, impassioned and very intimate. Every note draws the listener closer to the subject matter and give a feeling that each and every song is written specifically for given moments within your own life.

Semi-psychic-acoustic-pop.

The majority of songs on her MySpace are live but you wouldn’t of known unless it was stated. There’s not a single flaw, off note or finger slip as she graces the headphones and speakers of her growing fan base.

This being said, the studio recorded tracks come as a great treat. With a full band recording the close personal feeling of her live songs is replaced with a copiousness that creates a huge sound which would fill the nooks and crannies of any of the local London venues she often frequents.

Please do check out Abi Thommes if you are a big fan of laid-back acoustica (clearly not a word) and even if you’re not, I think you will be pleasantly surprised! 4/5 brews, can’t give a full 5 to a southerner!

Her upcoming gigs are as follows:

18th October @ The Vibe Bar

4th November @ Hobgoblin in Angel

and “Busking Jubilee Bridge whenever I have a spare moment and it is not raining!”